Manhunt continues for fugitive Cal Fire chief suspected of murder

SACRAMENTO - The search continues for fugitive Orville "Moe" Fleming, the Cal Fire battalion chief suspected of murdering his girlfriend, 26-year-old Sarah Douglas.

As investigators try to locate Fleming, family members of both the victim and the suspect have been speaking out about the troubled background leading up to Thursday morning homicide.

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The story of the fire chief turned fugitive has gained national attention after Douglas was found dead in their home in the 9300 block of Fox River Way. On Friday, a member of Fleming's family broke her silence hoping to shed new light on the victim.

"She's been calling my mom's cell phone, saying all this stuff that she wants to send someone after my family," said the woman who asked that her identity remain confidential.

In response to that interview, Douglas' aunt Trina Werly fired back.

"There's no way there was any threats or the reason he did this to her is because she was some way threatening him or his family, or that she could have someone else do that is absolutely absurd," Werly said. "Not true, not true, and it hurts my family even worse that they would make those allegations."

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Fresno Superior Court records show that Fleming's estranged wife tried to get a temporary restraining order against Douglas, but that petition was denied. A family member of Fleming's told News10 the married couple was going through a divorce and repeated claims that the relationship with Douglas was all about money.

"No, that's ridiculous that it had to do with money," Werly said. "He pursued her, and she really thought she cared about him. That's what's ironic."

With the manhunt for Fleming underway, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones appeared on Good Morning America Saturday insisting that his department is better at tracking fugitives than Fleming is at being one.


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